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Panasonic SD60 Full HD Camcorder With SD Card Recording, X35 Intelligent Zoom, X25 Optical Zoom, Wide Angle Lens, iA + Face Recognition - Silver

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  • Full-HD 1920 x 1080 recording
  • SDXC/SDHC/SD memory card recording model
  • 35.7mm Wide-angle lens with intelligent 35x Zoom
  • iA (Intelligent Auto) with face recognition
  • Intuitive operation with touch-screen interface

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  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 5.2 x 11.2 cm ; 254 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 962 g
  • Item model number: HDC-SD60EB-S
  • ASIN: B0031RG4JA
  • Date first available at 20 Jan. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,853 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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SD Card Full-HD Camcorder with 35.7mm Wide-Angle, Intelligent 35x Zoom

Power Optical Image Stabiliisation in actionThe compact, stylish SD60 records onto an SDXC, SDHC, or SD Memory Card. The SD60 employs Intelligent Resolution Technology and is equipped with Crystal Engine Pro, which helps to record extremely clear, crisp motion images that exceed even Full-HD 1920 x 1080-pixel images in quality. It eliminates the colour smear that tends to occur at subject edges and renders sharp, beautiful images. Advances in the new imaging engine also provide Full-HD 1920 x 1080-pixel recording in all recording modes, including HE mode.

Wide angle lens so you can capture the whole view even in confined spacesThe O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), which uses gyrosensors to detect hand-shake and moves a corrective lens to adjust the optical axis and eliminate blurring, has further evolved. While the conventional O.I.S. system could not sufficiently eliminate low-frequency hand-shake, the new POWER O.I.S. is able to correct it about five times more effectively. The new O.I.S. also features an Active mode to assure clear, beautiful images across the entire range from wide angle to telephoto.

The 35.7mm* wide-angle lens is especially convenient for recording indoors or in tight spaces. It makes it possible to shoot at a close distance from the subject while fitting both the subject and the surrounding area into the frame. This has the added benefit of allowing the voice of the subject to be clearly recorded, which is an important element in video recordings. The new lens captures beautiful images of wide landscapes and allows large groups of people to fit into the frame. * 35mm-lens equivalent.

Intelligent auto finds the optimum mode for every scene automaticallyIn spite of the compactness of the SD60, the lens covers a wide shooting range from 35.7mm* wide angle to 25x optical zoom. The optical zoom ensures beautiful images because it causes no degradation in image quality. In addition, the Intelligent Zoom, which was made possible by Intelligent Resolution Technology, provides a super-powerful 35x zooming capability. It achieves stunningly clear Full-HD** images even at high zoom levels. * 35mm-lens equivalent. ** Approximately 810 TV lines. 1920 horizontal pixels x 1080 vertical pixels.

Intelligent Auto with Face Recognition

The iA function includes Face Recognition feature that recognizes the faces of previously registered subjects, and automatically optimizes the focus and exposure for those special people. It continues to track the subject as he or she moves anywhere within the LCD frame, making it ideal for video shooting. It is extremely useful for capturing someone's face in a group. Names can also be registered and displayed on the LCD while shooting. A total of six people can be registered, and up to three people at a time can be detected when shooting.

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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122 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Jones on 24 Jun. 2010
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I did a lot of research before buying this camcorder, and I'm pleased with the result.

For me, it has the important features: AVCHD HD video, wide-angle lens, huge 25x optical zoom and advanced Power Optical Imaging Stabilisation.

I am really impressed with how well it copes in low level light (something my old camcorder didn't) and how well the image stabilisation works - even at 60x zoom the result is acceptable. The picture quality is very good, with smooth playback of action shots.

Having had a mini DV tape-based camcorder previously, the convenience of SD cards is great.

It is also very small and light, with a good range of available manual settings, not usually found at this price point.

It doesn't have a viewfinder and no progressive recording, just interlaced, and I didn't find the stills very impressive. It certainly won't replace my Ricoh Caplio R7 compact camera.

The wind noise canceller is also not particularly effective.

In conclusion, if you want a point-and-shoot camcorder that's very portable, shoots high quality HD video and has a very impressive combination of wide-angle lens, big zoom and effective image stabilisation, this is the camcorder to get.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Stephan on 2 July 2010
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I bought this after much deliberation as to which HD camera to get - I was mostly waiting for an HD camera with a decent zoom - this one has a 25x optical zoom, which is fantastic, but also has a 35x iZoom, which enhances the zoom but retains the HD quality of the picture captured. Having used the camera a few times, the iZoom appears to make almost no difference in the quality of the footage captured - which is a great feature! There is a very decent image stabilizer so that zooming in close to objects doesnt result in shaky video.

There are a few very nice additions, face recognition that will take pictures of any recognised faces (you input these manually first) if they smile while being filmed, so you can get those great moments captured and looking natural - which also brings me to the other great feature - you can take 5 mega pixel stills while filming, they look great and the video remains unaffected; it's probably my favourite feature on this camera as the stills taken are excellent.

The battery life is decent enough, about 1 hour and then some for actual filming, so this could have been better, but the quality of the video is fantastic.

I think it is also important to mention that the camera only films in 1080i format with 4 different bitrates, 5mbps upto about 20 mbps (I think); therefore a progressive scan video is not captured, however, as 1080i is the standard format for HD channels like BBC HD and ITV (or STV) HD it is definately comparable to any HD I've seen so far. The colours captured are vibrant and realistic, and I know that I can be sure that whatever is shown on the LCD screen when filming is what the video will look like on the TV once transferred.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By B. Tones on 1 Sept. 2010
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Anyone thinking about buying a new camcorder should seriously consider this model. For the price and features it won't be beaten. I'd spent several days reading all the reviews about different camcorders on here and couldn't really make my mind up between this one and a couple of others (sony and samsung models I think). There were more positive reviews for this model so I decided to take the risk and I'm really glad I chose this one!

Others have commented on the features of this great little camcorder so I thought I'd add mine too! This camcorder is just the business! A great price from Amazon drew me to it in the first place then I read the reviews and decided to buy it. I bought a 16gb memory card to use with it.

We've just returned from a few days holiday to Weymouth where we used the camcorder every day. The 16gb card took us 5 days to fill up which was ok as that's how long we stayed for! Zoom is amazing, from Weymouth Beach I was able to zoom right across Weymouth Bay and could see Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, some 8 miles away as the crow flies! Night vision also excellent, we used the camcorder to film the fireworks on our last evening and the pic quality was really good. Battery life was better than my old Sony camcorder, we plugged it in and charged it every night so it was fully charged for each day's filming.

Another point which I don't think anyone has commented on is the sturdiness of the camcorder. I accidentally dropped it on the pavement when it slipped out of my pocket. I feared the worst but having checked it over there was nothing wrong with it and no visible damage at all.
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Vagg on 24 April 2010
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I purchased this cam to get some footage of my new born, I ordered it at 13:30 paid 1st class delivery and by 11 am the next day it had arrived ahead of estimations.

The 1st thing that surprised me was the size of the cam, it tiny and fits nicely within the palm of your hand. It weighs very little and is constructed well.

Video quality is excellent and it functions very well even in low light conditions. The audio play back is great and the cam is quick and easy to use....

Zoom runs silent and picture is crisp

Battery seems to last well also

Although I am a keen photographer, this was my 1st video cam since back in the days of tape! I really cant fault it.

Excellent cam and i would recommend to anyone after a great all round mid range vid cam.
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